Samsung Wave review

Samsung offers its most powerful phone yet

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The Samsung Wave is packing a 1500mAh battery, which we've seen on many high-end devices at the moment, and despite being massive doesn't necessarily lead to an awesome power boost.

Samsung wave

This is usually due to poorly-written code or applications going rogue and sucking all the juice from the phone, and something that's partly putting people off going down the smartphone route.

However, it's clear that Samsung has improved this by vertically integrating the whole process to control everything from start to finish, as the Wave has a pretty good battery life, lasting around two days in normal use.

Samsung wave

We also noticed that with the SIM card out and the Wi-Fi running, the phone will last for ages and ages - we got nearly four days with only 50% battery drain. Not that this mode is much use, but should you need to drop down to half connectivity for a while to save battery then this is a great option.

Admittedly we couldn't give the phone a full road test, as the app store is woefully under-stocked so it's impossible to see if anything would actually suck your battery dry.

But with push email, Facebook and smidgen of Twitter it easily lasted the day (much more without push notification on), so we've got hope that this could be one of the better smartphones out there when it comes to battery life.


In terms of connectivity, the Koreans have thought of everything with the Samsung Wave.

Not only does it have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, HSPDA 7.2Mbps and a 3.5mm headphone jack that doubles a TV out - but you can also use it as a Wi-Fi hotspot as well.

Samsung wave

Using the Mobile AP setting within the connections menu, you can set the Samsung Wave to open up the 3G connection to other devices.

It's automatically set to work with a password and WPA (not the most secure, but better than nothing in a pinch) and in our tests it worked pretty well. The first connection failed, but the second worked fine, and speed on an iPhone was adequate if not stellar.

We also like the little notification from the Samsung Wave that using this feature will use gallons of data and drain the battery pretty quickly - we're sure we'd have worked that out almost instantly, but it's nice that Samsung is being responsible.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemBada OS
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time15 Hour
Product ModelGT-S8500
Screen Size8.4 cm (3.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)118 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height118 mm
Width56 mm
Depth10.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time600 Hour
Product NameGT-S8500 Wave Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeDigital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S8500BAAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe Samsung Wave is the world's first SUPER AMOLED mobile phone and will have you seeing images in a whole new light. With super fast navigation and internet browsing, the Wave is truly light years ahead of other mobile phones.
Package Contents
  • GT-S8500 Wave Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Travel adapter (charger)
  • Quick start guide